Chronixx, Sean Paul and Major Lazer lead IRAWMA awards
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INTERNATIONAL recording artiste Sean Paul, reggae sensation Chronixx and EDM outfit Major Lazer lead the field with four nominations in the 33rd International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) scheduled to take place at the Coral Spring Center for The Arts in Florida, on Saturday, October 4.

Sean Paul — who, along with Enrique Iglesias, is slated to perform on the finale of So You Think You Can Dance on Fox tonight — received the nods in the categories entertainer of the year, best crossover song, and best music video. Mavado, Busy Signal and Shaggy received three nominations each.

The event will see several artistes receiving special recognition from the organiser. Singer Bobby Aitkens, Mykal 'Grammy' Rose — formerly of Black Uhuru, and Dr Audley Rollens will be inducted in Hall of Fame. IRAWMA Award of Honour will be given to St Vincent-born Kevin Lyttle.

Below are some of the categories and nominees:  

Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year

Jimmy Cliff, Chronixx, Tessanne Chin, Sean Paul, Soja


Best Male Vocalist Christopher Martin, Tarrus Riley, Chronixx, Luciano, Romain Virgo


Best Female Vocalist Etana, Marcia Griffiths, Tessanne Chin, Ce'Cile, Patrice Roberts 

Best Song Smile Jamaica — Chronixx Differentology — Bunji Garlin Easy Love — Maxi Priest Fight The Feeling — Beres Hammond and Shaggy 

Best Album/CD Fly Rasta — Ziggy Marley The Sound — Pressure Busspipe Reggae Gold — VP Records

 Out of Many One Music — Shaggy and Friends Reggae Connection — Sly & Robbie and the Jam Masters Best Crossover song

 GiveIt All To Me — Mavado ft Nicki Minaj Standing On the Sun — Beyoncé ftMr Vegas Rude — Magic She Makes Me Go — Arash ft Sean Paul Smoke TheWeed — Snoop Lion ft Collie Buddz Watch Out for This (Bumaye) — Major Lazer, featuring Busy Signal


Gospel Oriented Song Hosanna— By Christafari You Make Me Stronger — Kevin Downswell Beautiful —Jermaine Edwards I am A Warrior— Marvia Providence Bruk Down Jericho —2nd Chance 

Best Male Disc Jockey/Rapper Konshens Mavado Shaggy I-Octane Bounty Killer Popcaan Beenie Man

 Best Female Disc Jockey/Rapper Spice Macka Diamond Tifa Queen Ifrika Lady Saw 

Best New Entertainer DanielBambatta Marley — Jamaica MC Norman — Uganda, Africa Alkaline — JamaicaDABO — Tanzania Kranium — Jamaica Shatta Wale — Ghana


Best Music Video Bum Bum Remix –Timaya ft Sean Paul Personally — P-Square Here Comes Trouble — Chronixx Watch Out For This Bumaye — Major Lazer ft Busy Signal Take It — Mavado ft Karian Sang

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